JVC Ships “Alexa Built-In” Single Din Audio Receivers

(10.03.2019) – JVC has just released 9 new single din audio receivers, packed with today’s most asked for features. Most notably is the “Alexa Built-In” feature available on 8 of the 9 receivers. With Alexa, you can ask to play music, hear the news, check the weather, control smart home devices, and more. Simply download the Amazon Alexa companion app from the Apple App Storeor Google Play Store to set up Alexa on your JVC Receiver.

Single Din Audio Receivers:
KD-X270BT Digital Media Receiver- Bluetooth, USB, AUX, Red Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $89.95

KD-X370BTS Digital Media Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-T710BT (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, Blue Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-TD71BT CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, Blue Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-T910BTS (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 2 Pre-outs @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $119.95

KD-TD91BTS CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 2 Pre-outs @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $119.95

KD-T915BTS (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, Front & Rear USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3 Pre-outs @ 5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $149.95

Single Din Marine/MotorSports Audio Receivers:
KD-X37BTS (Channel Managed) Marine/MotorSports Digital Media Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Conformal Coated Circuit Board, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, Marine Remote RM-RK62M Optional Marine Remote Ready, & K2 Technology. SRP $129.95

KD-T91MBS (Channel Managed) Marine/MotorSports CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Conformal Coated Circuit Board, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, Marine Remote RM-RK62M Optional Marine Remote Ready, & K2 Technology. SRP $149.95

Visit us.jvc.com/car for more.

Tint World Receives Seventh Franchise Times Top 200+ Ranking

BOCA RATON, FL (10.03.2019) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has been named to the Franchise Times Top 200+ list for 2019. This marks the seventh year the company has been named as a top performing U.S.-based franchise brand.

“To receive this type of recognition again is gratifying, but honors like this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and determination of every member of the Tint World organization,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World. “Our franchise owners and corporate staff are passionate and driven. They truly live the Tint World culture.”

The Franchise Times Top 200+ list is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global system-wide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

“We’ve had significant growth in the last year, and we’re poised to continue that upward climb,” Bonfiglio said. “We currently have 75 different locations in four different countries, with more stores set to open in late 2019. The business model we utilize is proven to be successful, and the same can be said for the support systems we have in place. There couldn’t be a better time to join the Tint World family,” said Bonfiglio.

Visit tintworld.com for more.

Directed in the Midwest “Gears Up” for Remote Start Season

MILWAUKEE, WI / CHICAGO, IL (10.02.2019) – Summer has turned to Fall and Directed is working hard to get in front of technicians, sales people and business owners to prepare them for the coming remote start season. The recent Midwest swing prepared a large number of 12volt retailers for the Remote Start Season.

The Directed “Gear up for the Remote Start Season” in the Midwest got started on Monday, September 23 in Milwaukee at Dave & Buster’s.

Product Specialist Rep (PSR) Justin Gear was traveling hard conducting trainings in Milwaukee WI, Chicago NorthSide, Superstore ABT Electronics and Chicago SouthSide on consecutive nights the 4th week of September. “Long days and late nights…it was a tough week, but this is a critical remote starter market and my home market. So it’s great seeing old friends at the same time” Gear stated.

This Team worked the Directed Midwest swing. Directed’s Bob Hernandez and Justin Gear with Echo Sales members Mike Lewis, Rob Osheaski and Shelby Shimkus (LtoR) pictured at the Chicago SouthSide event.

Bob Hernandez, Regional Sales Manager, Distributor Channel-Northeast & Midwest US, added; “Our PSR’s are our Rock Stars…Gear trained over 250 people over the 4 day trip. Echo Sales did a stellar job working to have strong dealer turnouts at each event. Rob Osheaski, Mike Lewis & Shelby Shimkus, and our distributor partners, worked hard to get the word out and pack the house each night.”

Justin Gear addressing an audience of 12volt retailers In Chicagoland.

Distributor partners included Woofer Electronics, Mid-State Distributing and House of Electronics.

Highlighting the time-saving Directed T-Harness was on the training agenda.

Attendees got a first look at the Directed Smartstart Connect as well as the new DS4WS Bluetooth siren plus an update on the ever growing Directed lineup of OEM Integration Harnesses.

This wide-angle shot shows Justin Gear presenting to the crowd at the Chicago Southside event.

Hernandez added, “We’re not done yet… this week, October 1st and 3rd, we’re in West Virginia and Indianapolis working with our partner Davis Distribution. Then this weekend we are in Kansas City with Pioneer Music Company. Presence Matters… and we’re making our presence known!”

Chicago Northside at the GameStop venue during Justin Gear’s session.

Visit directed.com for more.

Rockford Fosgate Expands Line of Digital Media Receivers

TEMPE, AZ (10.02.2019) – The new PMX-1 Digital Media Receiver is fully equipped for easy Bluetooth streaming from Android or Apple Mobile Devices and add-on control either via Rockford’s steering wheel control (PMX-BTUR) or through the RF Connect mobile App coming soon to Apple and Android App stores. 

PMX-BTUR

Rockford Fosgate has announced the addition of the PMX-1 digital media receiver to their highly successful line of Element Ready source units. The PMX-1 is now available to ship at an MSRP of only $219.99.

Whether you want to stream from you smartphone, plug in an AUX or USB device, listen to AM/FM radio, or check the weather, the PMX-1 gives you complete access to various audio playback formats and charges your mobile devices when using the USB input option. Use the built-in 2-ohm stable amplifier to power up to eight 4-ohm speakers or add external amplifiers using the 4 channel pre-amp outputs. Then tune the system by adjusting the selectable crossovers and 7-band graphic equalizer on the PMX-1. You can even fine tune the level for each source input using the variable source gain adjustment feature.

PMX-1

Rockford built the PMX-1 display to be both scratch resistant and optimized for viewing under all lighting conditions. By optically bonding the 9H tempered glass screen to the display and giving the ability to adjust the display brightness and contrast, Rockford ensured that the 2.3-inch Full Dot Matrix LCD display would be highly durable and easy to read even in harsh sunlight.

Additional specifications include:

  • Global AM/FM/WB Tuner
  • HP/LP/AP Crossovers 12/24 dB/Oct slope
  • Rotary Volume and Sub Level Control Buttons
  • 2V 4-channel Pre-amp Outputs
  • 25W x 4 (4 ohms), 50W x 4 (2 ohms)
  • Voltage gauge with Low Voltage Indicator
  • FCC, CE, IPX6, ASTM D4329, ASTM B117, and EN60945 Certified
  • 2-Year Warranty

Visit rockfordfosgate.com for more.

JL Audio’s New DSP Amps Shake Things Up

TAMPA, FL (10.01.2019) – On Tuesday at IBEX, JL Audio will unveil its new line of MVi amplifiers to boat builders around the world. MVi amplifiers are the first high-performance, ultra-efficient marine-grade amplifier to feature a 3-core AKM digital signal processor (DSP).

With unrivaled tuning capabilities, reference-grade audio performance and vast installation flexibility, JL Audio will launch its MVi line with eight model options that suit all boat builders’ and boat owners’ needs.

MVi amplifiers feature an integrated, high-performance triple-core AKM DSP that allow for intelligent optimization of each audio channel’s timing, frequency response, and output level. The benefits of the DSP within each MVi amplifier extends beyond itself by providing analog pre-amp outputs with independent DSP processing to other amplifiers connected to the system. Instead of using traditional control knobs and switches, MVi amplifiers are easily configured from the captain’s seat of a boat using JL Audio’s free TüN software on a compatible computer, tablet or smartphone.

MVi amplifiers can store up to six sound presets, allowing boaters to switch between sound profiles at the push a button using one of the compatible DRC controllers (sold separately). Further boosting the world-class audio performance of MVi amplifiers is the integration of JL Audio’s next-generation NexD amplifier technology. The NexD2 design employs new directFET MOSFET technology, a completely revised layout scheme and direct DSP control of multiple amplifier channels designed to enhance fidelity, reduce noise and deliver outstanding power efficiency.

MVi amplifiers offer powerful networking capabilities as well as robust expandability options. In addition to the complete lineup of DSP-enabled marine amplifiers, JL Audio will introduce several marine-grade peripheral pieces to simplify the MVi installation process, including:

· a Bluetooth communicator (VXi-BTC) to enable wireless communication between the MVi amplifier or network and compatible mobile devices;

· a weather-tight network hub (MVi-HUB) to network up to six MVi amplifiers (one master and five slaves) for full-system DRC control and preset selection

· a push button control with RGB indicator (M-DRC-50) to allow preset selection from the helm

To further boost the wow-factor of these amplifiers, JL Audio was able to pack all of the aforementioned technology into a compact and stylish alloy chassis with weather-tight power, audio input, speaker and JLid network connections.

JL Audio’s complete line of MVi amplifiers include:

Full-range MVi amplifiers

5-channel MVi marine system amplifiers

Monoblock MV Marine Subwoofer Amplifiers

Visit jlaudio.com and ibexshow.com for more.

KICKER Returns to Support Motorcycle Fun in the Ozarks

STILLWATER, OK (10.01.19) – KICKER returned to the 4-Day Bikes, Blues and BBQ event September 25th-28h in the picturesque Northwest Arkansas region near and around the cities of Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville and Springdale.

The Kicker booth stayed busy with sales and on site installations by Hog City Customs.

During the weekend, Pig Trail Harley-Davidson of Rogers played host to the KICKER booth along with motorcycle-audio specialists Hog City Customs from Springdale. As authorized KICKER dealers, Hog City Customs sold and installed custom KICKER motorcycle sound systems on-site during the course of the show. The new audio upgrade kits KICKER recently released for Harley-Davidson bikes were hot items.

Bikers had an opportunity to check out  Kicker’s latest gear for their rides.
Bikers had an opportunity to check out Kicker’s latest gear for their rides.
Bikes lined the streets in Fayetteville during the event.
Bikes lined the streets in Fayetteville during the event.

The annual four-day show was packed with events, parties, concerts, and planned rides in and around the Ozarks. Rides ranged from as short as seven miles to as long as 210 miles, extending as far north as Joplin, MO.

In addition to the planned rides, show-goers could attend a car-and-truck show on Saturday morning at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. Later that day, the fifth annual Frisco Inferno BBQ Competition fired up in Rogers.

Inside, bikers checked out booths with apparel and more.
Inside, bikers checked out booths with apparel and more.
This huge tent was filled with a wide selection of bikes for sale.

Billed as “the world’s largest charity motorcycle rally that benefits women, children, and the underserved members of the Northwest Arkansas community,” the event has raised over two million dollars in its 19-year history.

For more information, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org and kicker.com

Images courtesy of Kicker social media.

Ground Zero Introduces New Radioactive Component Kits

DANIA BEACH, FL (10.01.2019) – SounDigital USA introduces two new models from Ground Zero, the GZRC 165.2SQ and the GZRC 165.3SQ.

The new Radioactive GZRC 165.2SQ 2-way component and GZRC 165.3SQ 3-way component kits are centered around the mindset of “high fidelity.” An updated 6.5” aluminum cone midbass driver with a resonant free steel basket, a 1″ silk dome tweeter for a more precise and smooth response, and an adjustable passive crossover network are utilized to accomplish this. In the case of the 3-way kit, a 3.15” midrange driver with an aluminum cone and neodymium motor is added to enhance system performance.

“We are very excited to expand our high fidelity line up with another amazing option” stated Diogo Ianaconi, CEO of HKI SounDigital USA.

The GZRC 165.2SQ (MSRP $380.00) and GZRC 165.3SQ (MSRP $650.00) are both great additions to the Radioactive lineup.

For more information or to become an authorized Ground Zero retailer, contact your local Ground Zero representative or email SounDigital USA at info@soundigitalusa.com.

Visit ground-zero-audio.com and soundigitalusa.com for more.

Oracle Lighting Features Formula Drift Dodge Viper in 2019 SEMA Show Booth

METAIRE, LA, (10.01.2019) – Oracle Lighting will host the Formula Drift competition Dodge Viper in its booth (C21505) during the 2019 SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas, NV from Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Viper’s driver, Dean “Karnage” Kearney, will also be in the Oracle Lighting booth signing limited edition posters throughout the show.

“The Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper produces an estimated 1,400hp through its Twin-Turbo V10 engine, making it the most powerful drift car in the world!,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “This vehicle is also famously featured in several video games including the popular Forza Horizon 4.”

The Viper features a pair of Garrett 4088 turbochargers feeding the V10 engine, which pushes out more than 900hp at just 3,000 RPM, and an equally impressive amount of torque. Overall, the package is good for more than 1,400hp but the final output is undetermined because most dynos will shut down well below that threshold.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

Bass Race for Cash – Winner Takes ALL – 129.9 dB

AUSTIN, TX (09.30.2019) – The dBDRA has announced Bass Race for Cash – Winner Takes ALL at the Car Audio Championship in Louisville, KY. This will take place at the conclusion of the 3X event on Friday, October 11, 2019 in the Broadbent Arena. (approximately 9 pm)

Location:
Kentucky Exposition Center
Broadbent Arena
937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

The cash pot is currently at $2,600 and will continue to grow as more competitors buy in with their chance to WIN. A huge thanks to the following sponsors: #ProjectSPL, Limitless Lithium, XS Power, Incriminator Audio, and Sundown Audio for supporting.

To be eligible to participate in Bass Race for Cash:
Must be entered in the 3X dBDRA event
Pay $100 entry fee to Bass Race for Cash

3X Registration Link: shop.termpro.com/products/2019cac3x

Rules and Regulations

  • All entry fees are put towards WINNER TAKES ALL cash pot
  • Bass Race 129.9 dB rules apply
  • Competition will only have 1 winner
  • The judge may disqualify a contestant for any infraction of rules
  • By accepting prize, winner agrees to release the dBDRA, its judges, staff, host facility, including without limitation, from any and all liability, loss, damage or expense arising from or in conjunction with the competition.
  • All taxes, fees and other expenses not specified are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prize is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

For more information, message or email Jereme Creamer on Facebook or: soundofftechnologies@outlook.com. To enter the Bass Race for Cash event, you can PayPal Jereme in advance or pay CASH on site. ONLY CASH will be taken on-site.

Manheim and SiriusXM Team Up to Make SiriusXM Activation Easier for Dealers

NEW YORK, NY (09.30.2019) – SiriusXM and Manheim, which operates the leading wholesale vehicle marketplace, are teaming up to make activation easier for dealers, demonstrating the accessibility and benefits of SiriusXM in the pre-owned vehicles they sell.  When dealers purchase SiriusXM-equipped vehicles sold in-lane at any Manheim U.S. location, they can now take delivery of vehicles with SiriusXM already activated and working, at no extra cost to the dealers.

With this arrangement, dealers no longer need to individually activate radios for vehicles purchased from Manheim locations, saving them time and effort. This also enables their sales team to easily and fully showcase the availability of SiriusXM to customers on the lot and on test drives. Since April, Manheim has activated more than one million radios.

“This partnership is another way we’re freeing up time for clients to focus on their core business of selling cars,” said Patrick Brennan, senior vice president, Marketplace, at Manheim. “In-vehicle technology has become even more important in used vehicle sales, and we want to do all we can to help dealers get their purchases frontline ready.”

Manheim offers complimentary SiriusXM pre-activation to any of the more than 37,500 franchise and independent dealers who have enrolled in the SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program. The SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program enables dealers to give their customers the benefit of a three-month subscription to the SiriusXM All Access package when purchasing any pre-owned vehicle with a factory-installed SiriusXM radio.

“Manheim is a groundbreaking leader in the industry of buying and selling used vehicles, and this is an exciting advancement for the growing number of dealers in our Pre-Owned Program,” said Gail Berger, Vice President, Auto Remarketing for SiriusXM. “Drivers love having SiriusXM’s world class programming in their vehicles, and dealers appreciate the added value of being able to give their customers a three-month subscription to SiriusXM. With Manheim we’re making the SiriusXM activation process easier than ever for dealers and ensuring that SiriusXM is ready to be experienced at the push of a button in the cars and trucks they are selling.”

Dealers who wish to participate in the SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program can learn more and enroll by going to SiriusXMDealerPrograms.com.

SiriusXM All Access is SiriusXM’s most extensive offering, featuring Howard Stern, and including every NFL, MLB, and NBA game, every NASCAR race, plus NHL games, PGA TOUR coverage and live college sports, as well as SiriusXM’s wide variety of commercial-free music, plus talk programming, comedy and several exclusive online-only channels. All-Access subscribers also get access to SiriusXM programming outside the vehicle on the SiriusXM app and online at siriusxm.com.

Visit www.manheim.com for more.